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You don't have to be hooded up to cable to watch LRPA-TV

To The Daily Sun,

It was front page news in your Tuesday (Oct. 14) edition that our local public access TV station (LRPA) has thrown a "Hail Mary" to stay on the air after Oct. 22. The Hail Mary amounts to billing the LRPA member communities the amounts they have paid in previous years, and then cross their fingers that the members will ante up as they have since LRPA was born in the mid-1990s.

I hope that the elected representatives in the member communities will bear in mind one matter that is very different from the years when they first paid their dues to LRPA. Back then, LRPA's three stations could only be received by residents who subscribed to cable television. In Alton that was something on the order of one-third of the households. So 100 percent of the taxpayers were paying for a benefit received by only a fraction of their neighbors.

In this day and age one does not need to be hooked up to cable to receive LRPA. If you are on the Internet (which must be virtually all taxpayers), LRPA is just a click or two away. That's for me, and I hope Alton contributes to keeping LRPA on the air.

Bob Longabaugh
Alton Bay

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Don't vote for candidates who push unconstitutional policies

To The Daily Sun,

We have lost control of our federal government. Where does it say in the Constitution that the federal government has the power to control our education, our health, our sex lives, our water, our communications, our food, our transportation (except over interstate), our thoughts?

It doesn't. The federal government has only the powers given to it by the U.S. Constitution. All other powers are by the states. Article I, sect. 8 specifically gives Congress a list of powers. General welfare does not mean welfare as it is thought of today, that is, making all people middle class?

So where did we go wrong with our Congress? Aren't they there to represent us? They are making laws, which cost us money, that have nothing to do with their responsibilities. Where did the Department of Education come from? Where did the DES, HUD, EPA, NSA, etc., come from, and why? And why isn't the Supreme Court doing something to prevent these unconstitutional laws?

And what about regional government? Instead of being governed locally, where we can control our representatives, we are being told how to live our lives by unelected appointees who are paid mostly by the federal government.

It sounds to me like they are all in cahoots for a bigger federal government. After all, once they have their foot in the door, they have to keep themselves there.

We need to elect representatives who will actually listen to the people. Choose carefully who you vote for. Do they push these unconstitutional policies, or Obama's policy which seeks to subvert the meaning of the Constitution? A lack of intelligent votes will put those in power who aren't there for your good, but for their own. Check out the websites of those who are running for office and choose wisely.

And if you want more information on the Constitution, check out any number of videos available that explains each section in detail. I like the one being shown at the Lakes Region TEA Party meetings by Rick Greene called Constitution Alive.

Peggy Graham

Sanbornton

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